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Music of the African Diaspora Series

Music of the African Diaspora Series


The University of California Press and the Center for Black Music Research co-publish a book series, Music of the African Diaspora, edited by Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr.

Books may be purchased from University of California Press or through Amazon.com via the links below.

The series seeks to increase understanding of black music genres and their importance to the cultures of the Atlantic world, including their influence on African music styles. Books in the series will examine the wide-ranging musics of the African diaspora—including the folk-derived musical styles of the Americas as well as European-influenced concert-hall music of the entire black Atlantic world—by analyzing issues critical to the interpretation of the music and by exploring the relationship between music and other black expressive arts.

Published Books

Baraka, Amiri. Digging: The Afro-American Soul of American Classical Music.

Clague, Mark, ed. Culture at the Crossroads: The Memoirs and Writings of Alton Augustus Adams.

DjeDje, Jacqueline, and Eddie Meadows. California Soul: Music of African-Americans in the West.

Dargan, William. Lining Out the Word: Dr. Watts Hymn Singing in the Music of Black Americans.

Fernandez, Raul. From Afro-Cuban Rhythms to Latin Jazz.

Jackson, Travis. Blowin' the Blues Away: Performance and Meaning on the New York Jazz Scene.

Moore, Robin. Music and Revolution: Cultural Change in Socialist Cuba.

Munro, Martin. Different Drummers: Rhythm and Race in the Americas.

Pastras, Phil. Dead Man Blues: Jelly Roll Morton Way Out West.

Porter, Eric. What Is This Thing Called Jazz?

Ramsey, Guthrie P., Jr. Race Music: Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-Hop.

Ramsey, Guthrie P., Jr. The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History, and the Challenge of Bebop.

Rommen, Timothy. Funky Nassau: Roots, Routes, and Representation in Bahamian Popular Music.

Rommen, Timothy. “Mek Some Noise”: Gospel Music and the Ethics of Style in Trinidad.

Shack, William. Harlem in Montmartre: A Paris Jazz Story between the Great Wars.

Smith, Catherine. A Study in Contradictions: Toward a Biography of William Grant Still.

Wilkinson, Chris. Jazz on the Road: Don Albert's Musical Life.

Books Under Contract

Bragg, Rashida. Jazz Diasporas: Race, Music, and Exile in Post-World War II France.

Book proposals should be sent to gramsey@sas.upenn.edu.

Inquires about the series should be sent to gramsey@sas.upenn.edu or to mary.francis@ucpress.edu (University of California Press, 2120 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720).

For the convenience of authors whose proposals have been accepted, the Guidelines for Preparation of Book Manuscripts are included here.